After 18 years of living in a sleepy village, on the Essex/Suffolk border, an ice cream van has recently begun to visit for the first time.

It might be down to the lack of fun in lockdown but it really felt like the most exciting thing to have happened here EVER. Is there a more welcome sound than the chime of the Mr Whippy van, with its promise of a 99 ice cream on a scorching hot day like today?

And if you’re enjoying that ice-cream on a trip to the seaside, well, its just bliss, isn’t it?

Our little woolly ice-creams are an absolute treat. Firstly we get to play with that PRINT MUSTARD yarn again – this time to make tiny ice-cream cones, which start from the bottom and work upwards. Hands up if you used to bite the end of your cones off when you were a kid? (Hands up if you still do).

I begin with a Magic Ring. Here’s a little video tutorial from Moo if you need a hand with this:

Magic Ring tutorial

I place a stitch marker in the first stitch of each round – its much easier to keep track of where you are when you’re working in continuous rounds like this. I work as per the straightforward pattern until Round 12 when I need to work a round of Rope Stitch. I’m more familiar with it as Crab stitch (which seems a more apt name for our seasidey project!) – or reverse double crochet (reverse single crochet: US terms).

The stitches are worked the same as normal double crochets but in the opposite direction – working in the stitch to the right instead of the left. It gives a wonderful twisted, rope effect that I’ve previously used as a simple blanket edging and here will give a frilled edge to your ice cream cone.

I insert the hook in the stitch to the right:

from from to back, yarn over, draw up a loop (2 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through both loops. That completes your first Rope Stitch/Crab Stitch/Reverse DC. Here’s a little video that shows that in action:

Rope stitch or crab stitch tutorial

I work in this way all the way round my cone and finish off with a slipstitch.

The ice cream is worked in IVORY and it too starts with a Magic Ring. The pattern works 8 rounds of dc that create the swirly ice cream. I leave a long yarn tail which I’ll use to attach the ice-cream to the cone. My swirly ice-cream is going to be made more swirly with the addition of double length chain: I cut 2 lengths of yarn of just over a metre to make this chain of 40.

The NOUGAT flake is simply a chain of 7 into which I work a dc into each of the chains, starting in the second from the hook (6 in total). I fasten off, leaving a yarn tail that I use to attach it to my ice-cream.

I pin the swirly chain to the top of the ice cream and wrap it around, pinning it as I go, before I sew it in place.

I stuff the cone and ice-cream and sew them together. And ta-da! I have a little ice-cream companion for yesterday’s pretty lolly.